The Indian Film Company unveils Cannes plans


MUMBAI: The Indian Film Company has announced its line-up for the Cannes Film Market, which kicks off on 13 May.

Indian Films-Studio18’s slate includes Jab We Met, Welcome, Singh Is Kinng and Golmaal Returns. The company is also offering buyers Kidnap, Dil Kabaddi, 1971, Awarapan and Honeymoon Travels Pvt. Ltd., among other titles, alongside tent poles like Ghajini, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na and Sarkar Raj, in respect of which Indian Films owns select television and online rights.

Future Bollywood films on the slate include the Anil Kapoor-produced Shortkut….The Con Is On, the Abbas-Mustan produced Life Partner and Ashtavinayak’s Luck.

Its slate of international co-productions includes debutante Sooni Taraporevala’s Little Zizou, the sales rights of which are with American World Pictures, Los Angeles, and Dev Benegal’s Abhay Deol-starrer Road, Movie, the script of which was an official selection at Cinefondation 2006. One of the biggest sales companies in the world is said to be in active negotiation with Indian Films for the takeover of international rights of Benegal’s film.

Additionally, an exclusive trailer of Gurinder Chadha’s English-Punjabi comedy, It’s A Wonderful Afterlife will be shown to international mainstream buyers by the designated global sales company, HanWay Films. This film has been pre-sold in nine countries already. It stars Shabana Azmi, Jimi Mistri, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Sally Hawkins, Zoe Wanamaker, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Mark Addy among others.